The new Premier League season is upon us!
Well, actually, no it's not. We're still another two months away from the start of the 2013-14 campaign, but excitement is already starting to build amongst the fan bases eagerly watching what their teams will get up to this summer.
Preseason plans are announced, gossip columns link your side to the best striker and the worst defender, current players on international duty, start talking about their futures, and the interminable wait for it all to kick off again just seems like an age.
Fear not, for here are 10 cracking excuses to start getting excited and appreciating the build-up for what should be another brilliant season of Premier League football.